Neighbourhood Watch Tackle Car Crime With New Campaign

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PROTECT YOUR CAR CAMPAIGN

Due to Covid-19 and repeated lockdowns, people haven’t been using their cars as much as they used to. However, car crime remains a pressing problem in the UK – alarmingly, one car is stolen every ten minutes(1). The latest figures from the Police National Computer (3) indicate car crime decreased during Covid-19 restrictions but with the expectation of social restrictions soon easing we could see a surge in car crime. Neighbourhood Watch are launching a new campaign on the 31st March to encourage everyone to keep their car’s safety top of mind.

Key Messages of the Campaign

  • Leave your car locked
    A simple mistake that can prove calamitous: 44% of cars are broken into via an unlocked door. (2)
     
  • Leave your car well-lit
    80% of car crime occurs during the evening or at night.(2) Parking near street lamps or in a busy area can deter thieves.
     
  • Leave your car empty (or with no items on show)
    Owners often forget that personal belongings within the car are at as much risk of being stolen as the car itself.